Borrowing policies

Seattle libraries to resume pre-pandemic borrowing policies | Seattle Times

The days of long wait times are over. Beginning Monday, May 23, Seattle Public Library is returning to pre-pandemic borrowing policies.

The maximum hold time for books, CDs, DVDs and other physical items will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days. Accounts will also be suspended for overdue items after 14 days instead of 31 days. Suspended accounts will be reactivated once items are returned.

Northgate, University, Lake City and Northeast branches also expanded their hours of operation starting Wednesday.

“With all of Seattle’s libraries reopened – most in pre-pandemic times – and the library’s meeting and study rooms once again available for public use, we are very encouraged to have reached this phase of our efforts. reopening,” said Seattle Public Library executive director Tom. Fay in a press release.

In January 2020, Seattle Libraries eliminated daily fines for overdue items in an effort to make the library fairer and reduce barriers.

Scheduled library closures do not count toward the seven-day limit. The library will continue to automatically renew items up to three times if someone else is not waiting for the item.

Most of the library’s meeting rooms and study rooms are open to the public again, though some rooms may not be available to accommodate staff, depending on the library. More of these spaces will be made available to the public as the library can, the press release said.

Although masks are no longer required, visitors are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks and library staff will continue to wear masks to “protect our most vulnerable patrons and staff,” SPL said.

A full list of opening hours can be found here: